By: Kelli Kieselbach
Most of us are looking forward to the sunshine and warmer weather of spring, but many are awaiting the onslaught of the dreaded Hay Fever season.
Seasonal allergies can vary from annoying sniffles to seriously interfering with everyday life. The good news is that there is a lot that nutrition and herbal medicine can offer to reduce symptoms and address the cause of allergies.
Eating a balanced diet rich in omega 3 and fresh fruit and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate sunshine to support vitamin D levels are good foundational strategies to start with. Avoiding the allergen as best as possible is also critical, of course.
Some medicinal herbs that may help with Hay Fever and sinusitis can be easily utilised by adding them as a regular part of your diet. Ginger and Fenugreek tea can be drunk twice a day and garlic and horseradish can be added to meals. Follow the link to our delicious Tuna tabouli recipe to help you get your serve of garlic.
Nutrients such as vitamin C, Quercetin and zinc can offer some relief by supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation. There are also a number of herbs that have been shown to help reduce mucous production and sinus pain through various actions.
Don’t suffer this spring! Start putting up your defences now and have a fantastic spring!
Disclaimer: This information is provided for general interest and education only. It is not designed to replace the advice of your doctor or natural therapist. Herbal and nutritional medicines should be prescribed by a health professional trained in these fields to ensure they are both safe and beneficial.
Article supplied with thanks to Kelli Kieselbach.
About the Author: Kelli Kieselbach is a Naturopath and Nutritionist with a passion for a holistic and natural approach to health and wellbeing. She also works to educate Christian ministry leaders in self care and avoiding burnout.